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All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

April 1, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

All Points Broadband has announced it will acquire Loudoun Wireless.

“We are excited to welcome Loudoun Wireless and its customers to the All Points network,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband. “This acquisition dramatically expands our service area and will give more homes and businesses in western Loudoun access to the next level of broadband service.”

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Catoctin Creek Enters California Market

March 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Enters California Market
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Catoctin Creek Distillery expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco. Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” into the California market.

“This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the U.S.,” said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. “We’ve waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the West Coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state.” … Continue Reading

B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville

February 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville

The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild is promoting an ambitious plan to link the hospitality and related services of its 41 members and partners to the many town-sponsored events in Purcellville, including the Loudoun Grown Expo, the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival, the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival and others.

Loudoun’s $1.5 billion tourism industry – which employs 16,000 people, and provides $24 million in tax revenue – is an increasingly important part of the local economy. The Bed & Breakfast Guild – which represents the majority of the B&Bs and country inns in the county, and also partners with related businesses such as farms, conference centers, wineries and the like – has been very vocal in its efforts to promote the room stays and other services available through its members and partners. Guild B&Bs and country inns, for example, have a total of over 100 guest rooms, one-half of which are located within 10 miles of downtown Purcellville. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement

How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give

Loudoun Gifts for Good, formerly known as the Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair, is gearing up for another year. Loudoun Gifts for Good was founded on the premise that sometimes the most thoughtful gift you can give someone is a donation to an important charitable organization in their honor.

“During this holiday season the Gifts for Good concept is a way that one single gift can have a rippling effect across numerous human service organizations in Loudoun,” said newly elected chair of the Loudoun Human Services Network Susan Mandel Giblin. “This can make a huge difference for so many people affected by diverse issues, from domestic violence, illness and job loss, to caregiver relief, supporting people with disabilities and women’s and children’s rights and needs. There are few similar opportunities that reach as far, with one contribution, as Gifts for Good does.” … Continue Reading

Nichols Hardware Celebrates 100th Year

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Nichols Hardware Celebrates 100th Year

There is a store in Purcellville that has survived two massive fires, many family losses and withering retail competition and yet is poised to achieve a landmark few establishments ever do.

On December 20 (the actual 100th birthday) Nichols Hardware will celebrate its 100th birthday. The public is invited to their open house on December 20 and to show appreciation Nichols will offer 20 percent off of sales over $100 on that day only. Lee Jacobs, one of their long time faithful employees, shared this comment with us, “On December 20, 1914, our total sales were a whopping $41 plus some change.

Along the way and through the years, consistency has been their greatest asset for success. It’s been in the same location, been in the same family and had the same honest, no-frills slogan, “Your Most Dependable Source of Supply since 1914.”

On Saturday, December 13, friends, customers, fellow Purcellville businesses and its many customers will pay tribute to Nichols with two floats in the Purcellville Christmas parade at noon, and then with a birthday cake in the Nichols Parking Lot at 1:00 p.m (when the parade ends). Former Senator Charlie Waddell will sing Happy Birthday, and there will be a giant card for everyone to sign. … Continue Reading

Quilts for Art’s Sake

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Quilts for Art’s Sake

“Quilts for Art’s Sake” opened December 5 in Middleburg’s newest contemporary art gallery. The show and sale runs through December 28. Middleburg Arts Project Gallery brings together three exceptional quilters for this unique show. Local artist Kathie Ratcliffe creates framed miniature quilts. DC artists Frederick Nunley and West Virginia’s Jane Frenke have an eye for patterns and a real feel for the fabric – even if it may be coloring outside the lines.

The new gallery, located at 4 East Federal St., on the back street of Middleburg is part of the new nonprofit Middleburg Arts Project. The organization will create opportunities for artists to achieve a sustainable living and promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts while stimulating economic development through art-tourism.

While “Quilts for Art’s Sake” falls outside of what a typical Middleburg visitor might expect to find in this historic, hunt country town, the show is both inviting and exciting.

Find these impressive artworks at the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery, along with sculptures by Peter Wood, pottery by Jason Alexander and Barbara Allen and furniture designs by Chris Mann.

Team Joe Raises Money for Fairfax Hospital for Children

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Team Joe Raises Money for Fairfax Hospital for Children

Team Joe Charities was created in 2007 to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. The primary fundraiser is an annual golf tournament held the first Thursday in October each year at Loudoun Golf & CC. The charity was named for Joe Petrella, who was born 12 weeks early and weighed only 1.5 pounds. He was in the NICU at Fairfax Hospital for Children for 104 days. Joe is now a healthy 8-year-old living in Ashburn. All of the money raised by Team Joe Charities will be given to the NICU at Fairfax Hospital.

“Loudoun Valley Floors would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their very kind touch with all the children. You make the world a better place and thanks to all the supporters of Team Joe,” said Steve Jacobus, partner of Loudoun Valley Floors and founder sponsor of Team Joe.

“Team Joe is very fortunate to have such wonderful sponsors like Loudoun Valley Floors, Bill Thomas, Dr. Chad Parsons, Loudoun Golf & CC, Cheers Sports, and many other local businesses. With their continued support we’ve raised $250,000,” said Joe’s father, Denny Petrella. … Continue Reading

Christmas Sweaters – Do You Have One Yet?

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Christmas Sweaters – Do You Have One Yet?
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Re-Love It started with over 1,000 “ugliest Christmas sweaters” this holiday season. This is one of the hottest items this month and they are selling fast and furious. “Last year we sold out before Christmas,” said Michael Oaks owner of Re-Love It. “And this year I have been buying these sweaters all year long,” Oaks continued.

Many offices and residents are joining the fun and having ugly Christmas sweater parties, and keep in mind that December 12 is the official National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

Girl Scouts, Wegmans, and Tree of Life Help Feed Loudoun

December 6, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Girl Scouts, Wegmans, and Tree of Life Help Feed Loudoun
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Girl Scouts (L-R) Ashley Dubey, Robin Dezagottis, and Amanda Dukinfield with Wegmans employees accepting the turkeys and hams.  GS not pictured: Emily Covington and Taylor Reed

Girl Scouts (L-R) Ashley Dubey, Robin Dezagottis, and Amanda Dukinfield with Wegmans employees accepting the turkeys and hams. GS not pictured: Emily Covington and Taylor Reed

Girl Scouts Ambassador Troop 6245 received a very generous donation of 30 turkeys and 30 hams from Wegmans in Leesburg. The 654 pounds of meat will help the Tree of Life in Purcellville feed those in need throughout this holiday season. That is certainly a lot to be thankful for!

The Nature Generation Partners with Middleburg Bank

November 30, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on The Nature Generation Partners with Middleburg Bank
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Support Brings Environmental Stewardship Education to Youth Across the Region

The Nature Generation, an environmental nonprofit, is pleased to announce Middleburg Bank as its new Sustainable Partner. As a partner, Middleburg Bank provides cornerstone financial support that allows The Nature Generation to make environmental stewardship education accessible to youth across the region.
Middleburg Bank generously supports The Nature Generation’s environmental education programs and is a key sponsor of the Chapman DeMary Trail, an outdoor classroom in Purcellville which provides hands-on environmental learning opportunities to thousands of students and residents throughout the region. … Continue Reading

New Purcellville Business Association President Resigns

November 5, 2014 Business, News 3 comments

Tenure Lasted Just a Matter of Months

In October Purcellville Business Association (PBA) President Daniel Abramson handed in his resignation after serving barely seven months in office.  The PBA defines itself as “an organization of businesses and individuals who come together to advance and promote the economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of Purcellville and Western Loudoun County.”  Website records show the organization has over 100 members and eleven board members.  With Abramson’s resignation, the PBA’s new (and former) president is Jim Bowman. … Continue Reading

Salamander Hotel and Resorts Appoints New Manager

November 5, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Salamander Hotel and Resorts Appoints New Manager
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Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson, today appointed Reggie Cooper as the new general manager of Salamander Resort & Spa in the historic village of Middleburg.

Cooper joins the acclaimed 168-room resort after a notable hospitality management career, which includes nearly a decade spent as managing director of Canyon Ranch in Lenox Massachusetts, where he was recognized for his role in developing the resort’s noted spa and wellness programming. Cooper also previously spent nine years at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont, where he served as president and general manager of the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond property. … Continue Reading






Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)


“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

Bull Run Creek

It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …


Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday


THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi


VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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